NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2018

by | Jan 25, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Game recaps, Brad Marchand suspended five games, Joe Thornton sidelined several weeks. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 


Tanner Pearson scored in overtime as the LA Kings edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 (Photo via NHL Images).

NHL.COM: William Nylander’s overtime penalty-shot goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was the Leafs second win in their last seven games, while the Hawks dropped their fourth straight game. 

Tanner Pearson tallied with 27 seconds remaining in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson in the head on Tuesday. Johansson reportedly suffered a concussion. Marchand, however, will still be allowed to participate in the upcoming 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is Marchand’s sixth suspension in his NHL career. If he weren’t among the league’s leading scorers, I believe he would’ve had an in-person hearing and received at least 10 games. Marchand’s actions aren’t sitting well with some in the Boston media, as NBC Sports’ Joe Haggerty has called upon the winger to clean up his act.

Over the years, Marchand has grown into a very talented player worthy of All-Star recognition. Unfortunately, his growth as a player remains overshadowed by his reputation as a cheapshot artist. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will be sidelined at least several weeks after injuring the MCL in his right knee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is bad news for the Sharks. They’ll miss Thornton’s playmaking skills as well as his experienced leadership. His absence could have an adverse effect upon their play over the rest of the season.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be skipping the upcoming 2018 NHL All-Star Game owing to a nagging injury. As per NHL rules, he’ll have to sit out one regular-season game as punishment for withdrawing from the event. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick’s replacement will reportedly be Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined Blue Jackets’ center Brandon Dubinsky’s unexplained return to Columbus sparked speculation it was a disciplinary move by the club over supposedly career-threatening personal issues. His agent, Kurt Overhardt, denied the rumors, claiming his client return to Columbus to seek additional medical advice related to his recent injuries. He claims we’ll see Dubinsky with the Blue Jackets next week following the All-Star break. The team has declined to discussed the matter. 

Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they signed forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward Brayden Point will be replacing sidelined teammate Victor Hedman in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers are expected to provide an update today on the status of goaltender James Reimer, who left Tuesday’s game against Dallas with an apparent injury to his right leg. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have recalled defenseman Jason Garrison to replace sidelined blueliner Brayden McNabb, who’s day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed veteran forward Cody McLeod on waivers. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins demoted goaltender Tristan Jarry. 



  1. Thornton is obviously a huge loss for the sharks, and their playoff hopes. As anoilers fan, i was hoping they would deplete their already weak prospect pool. but i would assume after they fall from grace, will become deadline sellers.

    • According to Sportrak, SJ will have at least 5.3 mil coming off the books after this season with the departure of Ward and Hansen to UFA. Thorton is also an UFA after this season, so that’s another 8 mil gone if he retires. Then there’s Paul Martin at 4.25 mil with one more season, but who will probably be gone if he can show something in the AHL that entices another team to pick him up at half of his salary for the playoffs. With Boedekker playing well, there’s no real reason to get rid of anyone else. Dell will be staying. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Martin Jones being the odd man out, if it comes to that. So no fire sale.

  2. Regardless pf the team/circumstances, if a player is serving a suspension decided by the NHL over the All-Star break, they should automatically be banned from the All-Star weekend, IMHO.